Dr Japie de Wet
Dr Japie de Wet qualified as a plastic surgeon in 2008 and became a fellow of the South African College of Plastic Surgeons.
He pursued a career in cosmetic & reconstructive surgery, in private practice and as a part-time consultant in the department of Plastic Surgery at MEDUNSA.
This evolved to a practice focused on aesthetic facial and breast surgery, and functional and aesthetic facial reconstruction.
He has always been actively involved in training and education, sharing his passion for surgical perfection with peers, as a Mentor of the Allergan Medical Aesthetics academy and an honorary fellow of the ASDS international training mentorship programme.
As reconstructive co-faculty of the Skinmatters Mohs Micrographic surgery training unit he plays a leading role in research and training of fellows.
He is currently an active member of the South African Association of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and founding director of the state-of-the-art Club Surgical Centre.
Dr Stefan Rawlins
Dr Stefan Rawlins is a specialist Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon with a keen interest in skin cancer reconstruction.
Upon qualifying in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Medunsa University, Dr Rawlins continued to serve as a part-time consultant in the academic department, assisting in training other specialists. Dr Rawlins regularly operates with the Smile Foundation throughout Africa, operating with international teams of specialists on patients with cleft lips and palates.
Dr Rawlins has a private practice as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Montana, Pretoria, focusing on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and is part of the Specialist Reconstructive Team at the Skinmatters Mohs and Reconstruction Unit.
DR NICOLETTE LANDMAN
MB.Ch.B(Cum laude) FCS(SA) FC Plast Surg(SA)
“It was an easy decision when I had to choose my speciality – I knew I would choose surgery because its manual and I need to work with my hands. My interest in Plastic Surgery was sparked when I was a six-year medical student. I have found Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery to be the most diverse surgical speciality. One has to be able to work on every part of the body and deal with an age range from the little new-borns to elderly patients.
It is a speciality that ties surgical and artistic skill together and utilises one’s appreciation for form and function. This is applicable to reconstructive as well as cosmetic surgery.”
Dr Nicolette Landman matriculated from Sentraal High School in Bloemfontein as their Dux scholar. She was the student with the highest academic marks in the Free State when she matriculated in 1994.
In 2000 she obtained her MBChB degree Cum Laude from the University of the Free State. She received the Dean’s Award for the overall best medical student during the six-year training period. During her studies, she received a multitude of other awards, ranging from individual subject awards to yearly best medical student.
After working abroad, she returned to train as a General Surgeon at Grootte Schuur hospital and the University of Cape Town. She completed her FCS (SA) examination and became a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of South Africa. She then trained as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the University of Pretoria. She passed her FC (Plastic Surgery) SA examination and became a Fellow of the College of Plastic Surgeons of South Africa.
Currently Dr Nicolette is practicing as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Midstream, serving patients from Pretoria, Centurion, Midrand and Johannesburg, as well as the greater Gauteng area. Some of her loyal patients travel from all over South Africa to undergo surgery with her.
Dr Frits Spruyt
MBChB (UFS), MMED Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (UFS), FC Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (SA)
Dr Frits Spruyt is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and an active member of APRSSA (Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa).
He graduated from The University of the Free State with MBChB after which he specialized in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery successfully receiving his MMED and becoming a fellow of the South African College of Plastic Surgeons. He is passionate about both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and strongly believes in a balanced approach to all aspects of his practice. These views are evident in his endeavours and service to his patients.
Dr Frits Spruyt is a warm-hearted and attentive person who strives to afford each and every patient the very best medical care and attention. Time spent with his patients is of paramount importance to him thereby ensuring they benefit from realistic expectations, greater understanding and insight and favourable results personal to them.
Dr Frits Spruyt is married to Riani Spruyt and they have two daughters Ellie and Katrijn. When not hard at work to fulfil his calling as a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, he enjoys time outdoors. He is an avid fly fisherman. He also has a love for art – a passion he weaves into his practice and his work.
Dr Nils Irsigler
With a balanced approach to Plastic surgery as a reconstructive and aesthetic art, he sees the value of both a pragmatic as well as personalised treatment plan. Cancer is an emotional strain especially when it is visually obvious. It is therefore desired to have the best cancer resection principals and the most appropriate tissue closure of the resulting defect. Together with the Mohs team Dr Irsigler’s passion is to deliver an excellent and a pleasant experience.
Dr Rory Dower
Dr Rory Dower obtained both his MMed (Plast Surg) and FC Plast Surg (SA) before going on to complete two international fellowships in microsurgery- The first at St Thomas’ hospital in London, and the second, an advanced microsurgery fellowship in Taiwan.
Dr Dower has done an aesthetic fellowship at the prestigious London Clinic on Harley street as well as observorships in rhinoplasty at the Marienhospital in Stuttgart, and in implant breast reconstruction at the Memorial Sloane Kettering Cancer Centre in New York.
During his specialist training, APRSSA awarded Dr Dower Best Clinical Paper in 2009 and 2011, as well as Best Publication in 2012. He presented at the European Association of Plastic Surgeons (EURAPS) Annual Meeting in 2014, on breast reconstruction.
Clinical Interest Areas
· Skin cancer reconstruction
· Breast cancer reconstruction
· Aesthetic surgery
· Facial aesthetic surgery
· GMC (General Medical Council UK)
· RCSENG (Royal College of Surgeons England)
Dr Mpopi Lenake
Dr Lenake is an ophthalmologist with a special interest in oculoplastic surgery.
Soon after her specialist training, she departed for Melbourne, Australia where she completed the Orbital, Plastics and Lacrimal fellowship at the prestigious Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
Apart from reconstructive surgery of the periocular region following cancer surgery, she treats all medical and surgical oculoplastic conditions in adults and children. This includes a wide variety of conditions that can involve the orbit (eye socket), eyelids and tear ducts.
She was the recipient of the Justin Van Selm medal, which is awarded to outstanding candidates in the fellowship examination of the College of Ophthalmologists of South Africa. She was also awarded her MMed degree with distinction (Cum Laude) from the University of Cape Town.
She is the current president of the South African Society of Oculoplastic Surgeons (SASOPS) and is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS).
She continues to be involved in various academic pursuits; she has published articles in oculoplastic and general ophthalmology journals and holds sessional posts at Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital.